During the last presidential election the lines were ridiculously long and the parking lot at the school where I vote was a nightmare. Are you going to fix this problem to make it easier for people to vote?
Regarding parking problems, finding great locations for polling places is always a challenge, particularly during presidential elections when so many people go to vote. Most of our polling places are schools, but we also use other public buildings and, if there are no appropriate buildings, we also use churchs and other private nonprofit facilities in the area (public and nonprofit buildings are state requirements). We always struggle to find places that are accessible to people with disabilities and that have great parking, and that are convenient to voters within a certain radius for a precinct. We welcome suggestions for alternative sites that would be better (but we can't change any polling places until after November 2012).
We have been working with our polling place locations this year, both to improve accessibility and to improve parking situations as best we can within legal restrictions and geographical requirements.
Regarding the question of long lines, this is always a problem during a presidential election when we have twice as many voters as any other election in four years. We encourage those who are eligible to consider voting absentee, whether in person or by mail. We also encourage those voters who have flexibility in their schedule to consider voting between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when there are many fewer voters than at the beginning and end of Election Day.
We also, this year, strongly encourage all voters planning to vote in person to already have reviewed the Constitutional Amendments and the Bond Referenda before they get to the polls so they know how they will be voting. Every time we have Constitutional and Bond Amendments, some voters try to read when they are inside the voting booth, and think about their response. This means they are holding up other voters who are already prepared.
To view a sample ballot, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/upcoming.htm and scroll down to see your actual sample ballot. (Ballot information is available at the top of the page, but sample ballots are midway down and you need to click on your specific ballot option.) Both English and Spanish ballots, touch screen and optical scan ballots may be viewed online.